Who we are

Alison Barrett

Regional Director of Education and Society, TREE Project, British Council

Alison is the SRO for TREE. She started as an English teacher in Nepal in 1991. Over the last 12 years, she has held management positions in the British Council in Asia and has led large-scale English language teacher education programs and partnerships designed to improve the quality of English language policy and practice. She has an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and specialises in the Continuing Professional Development of teacher educators and teachers.

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Ian Clifford

Senior Programme Manager, TREE project, British Council Myanmar

Ian is a qualified UK state school teacher and English language teacher. He worked in a variety of roles around education in the UK including as primary teacher, school governor trainer, family learning manager and family support officer. Ian has taught English as a second language in Sheffield, Nepal and Malaysia and led successful large-scale teacher training projects in Myanmar and Thailand.


Helen Drinan

Team Leader, TREE Project, British Council Myanmar

Our Team Leader, Helen Drinan, has been working in the education sector for over 30 years, specialising in teacher education and development. She has worked extensively in Myanmar for many of those years and brings experience, networks and a deep understanding of education in Myanmar through working on the Comprehensive Education Sector Review (CESR),  on the UNESCO- STEM and JICA-CREATE projects; on systems strengthening in complementary education systems with Myanmar Education Consortium.



Aye Aye Tun

Aye Aye Tun

Deputy Team Leader, TREE Project, British Council Myanmar

Deputy Team Leader Aye Aye Tun can foster effective and collaborative relationships with various stakeholders. She has supported non-state partners to develop and implement competency-based teacher education and CPD and to strengthen their monitoring and learning. She has been engaged in, and has a good understanding of, education reforms in teacher education.

Zin Mar Tun

Zin Mar Tun

Finance Manager, TREE Project, British Council Myanmar

Our Finance Manager, Zin Mar, is an experienced Finance and Accounting specialist bringing over 19years of work experience in project financial management, financial reporting, and internal controls. Over the last 5years, Zin Mar has been working as a Project Finance Manager of EfECT, high profile education project, and as an Interim Financial Controller in Country Finance Team in the capacities of internal control and compliance, finance & accounting, and initiation of cashless system.  

Mya Thida

Mya Thida Lwin

Procurement and Administration Manager , TREE Project, British Council Myanmar

Over 20 years of working experience with International organization including working with United Nations over a decade, Mya Thida has joined TREE Project of British Council on 12 August as Procurement and Administration Manager. She has a good experience in the field of operations (Admin, HR, Procurement, and Logistics’ management of the development projects.

May Zin

Myat May Zin

Communications Manager , British Council Myanmar

Our Communications Manager, Myat May Zin, has been working as communications and media specialist at international development organizations and marketing agency for seven years. She led nationwide integrated media campaign named "let's talk" for British Council Myanmar project and it was the most popular campaign in 2019. She has good knowledge of local media landscape as she worked as a journalist previously. 

Ben Williams

Ben Williams

Inclusion Lead, TREE project, Voluntary Service Overseas

Our Inclusion Lead, Ben Williams has over 20 years of experience in the education sector including the last three years in Myanmar as Inclusive Education Programme Manager for VSO.


David L. Zau Dim

David L. Zau Dim

Project Manager, TREE Project, Voluntary Service Overseas

David L. Zau Dim has over 14 years of experience in the education sector as Education in Emergency Specialist in Rakhine State, National Coordinator for Myanmar Special Education Association, Education Capacity Development Manager, Trainer and Teacher in education, inclusive and special education. He is enthusiastic and passionate for development of educational welfare in Myanmar. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Assumption University of Thailand. 

Lucy Atim

Lucy Atim

Deputy Director of Programmes of Montrose, TREE Project

Lucy Atim is the Deputy Director of Programmes for Africa and Asia at Montrose. She has over 15 years’ experience in strategy development, programme management, programme evaluation, policy advocacy, business development, and community development in the education, health, human rights and governance sectors. Prior to joining Montrose, Lucy lived and worked in Sierra Leone, Uganda and the United States, and also oversaw programmes covering Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.